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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

STRESSED-OUT SOLDIERS




(CBS) - According to a recent report from the VA, more than 50,000 vets from Iraq and Afghanastan are believed to be suffering from mental health problems-nearly half of them from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. It's well documented and, says the Pentagon, well treated both in the field and at home.

BUT CBS NEWS CHIEF INVESTIGATIVE CORRESPONDENT ARMEN KETEYIAN reports that at least in one large military base in Colorado, solders are saying members of the Army command are simply paying lip service, at best, to PTSD---hindering their treatment and upending their careers.

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team in Fort Carson, Colo., is training to go back to Iraq after experiencing some of the fiercest combat last year. The unit lost soldiers at double the rate of other Army posts around the country, including Pfc. Sam Lee, who committed suicide at a Ramadi Army barracks.

"As he was going outside, that's pretty much when I came in the room and saw him fire on himself," says Pvt. Tyler Jennings.

"The second round actually came by and missed my head and hit my weapon," adds Pvt. Corey Davis. "So I had to use his weapon. And I mean I got it with his blood on it still."

Jennings and Davis say that surreal scene, among many others, led to nightmares, flashbacks and anxiety attacks---classic symptoms of PTSD.

"I had panic attacks every time," says Jennings. "And I had it all set up, I was going to hang myself."

In a recent report, more than one-third of Iraqi war veterans sought help for mental health problems, including PTSD, within a year of returning home. A report from a congressional watchdog group detailed failures by the Department of Defense to identify and deal with anxiety issues like PTSD.

In the face of what some are calling an epidemic of PTSD in the military, nearly a dozen soldiers at Fort Carson, told CBS NEWS that their cries for mental health either went unanswered or they found themselves subject to unrelenting abuse and ridicule.


Kate Baron is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Colorado Springs, Colo. Each week, she counsels up to 25 soldiers and their families who are either unwilling or unable to face their problems while on base.

"I think it's a very big problem," says Baron. "They could potentially lose their promotion potential, or just feeling like they're not able to advance in their career. That it's kinda over for them."

Lt. Colonel Eric Kruger, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson, says he's concerned that soldiers aren't seeking help due to fears of fearing ridicule or reprisal.

"It's a tremendous concern," he says. "You don't want a soldier not to seek help for anything. They're our No. 1 asset. Leaders have to engage that every day---and in my experience here, we do.

Col. Kruger says the Army offers ample means to get help for PTSD without jeopardizing one's career---such as a comprehensive screening program in which soldiers are asked to answer questions about their mental state.

***This practice of a comprehensive screening program that soldiers fill out is INADEQUATE! These soldiers cannot decipher if they have problems or not because they don't have medical degrees. This was the topic of one of the hearings on Capitol Hill. I see that the results of that hearing hasn't changed anything!

"You take this step; you fill out the boxes," says Keteyian.

"I did the right thing, 'cause I knew I needed help," Davis says.

"A cry for help and nobody hers it?"

"No, there was no answer."

Today, Davis, like Jennings, has seen a once-promising career upended. Demoted to provate for drug abuse---something experts say is a common coping mechanism for those suffering from the disorder---both face dishonorable discharges.

Both were forced to seek treatment off-base and have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. LIKE MANY SOLDIERS, THEY FEEL DESERTED BY THE ARMY THEY ONCE SO PROUDLY SERVED.


Source of Info: CBS NEWS.com
Fort Carson, Colorado
July 12, 2006

FREE CREDIT MONITORING FOR VETERANS WITHDRAWN




WASHINGTON---Free credit monitoring for veterans whose personal information was stolen has been withdrawn, the Bush administration said Tuesday, because the laptop containing their data has been recovered.

***But, it doesn't mean that all of the info wasn't duplicated. Unless Bush can say with 100% backing that this info wasn't duplicated, he shouldn't withdraw the free monitoring for veterans. IT GOES TO SHOW HOW MUCH BUSH DOESN'T CARE FOR VETRANS!

In a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), White House budget director Rob Portman said he was canceling his office's request last month for $160.5M in additional funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide one year of free monitoring to millions of veterans and active-duty troops.

***Well this is just great! Something else for our troops on active-duty to have to worry about! Haven't they given up enough?

He noted that the FBI had determined with a "high degree of confidence" that information stored on the stolen laptop and external drive were not accessed or compromised.

***Based on what? Just because the FBI says so?!!!!! That's not enough!

"On the basis of the FBI's analysis, the administration has concluded that credit monitoring services and the associated funding will no longer be necessary," Portman wrote.

The announcement came as the House Veterans Affairs Committee was considering legislation to provide credit protection and strengthen information security following the May 3 theft of 26.5 million veterans' and active-duty troops' names, birth dates and Social Security numbers at a VA data analyst's home.

Veterans groups have said that they should still receive the free monitoring following the government's worst information security breach, noting there was no certainty that the information had not been compromised.

They also have criticized the VA for the theft, which came after years of warnings by suditors that information security was lax, and say that other breaches are likely to happen. In a blistering report last week, Veterans Affairs Inspector General George Opfer faulted both the VA data analyst and his supervisors for poor judgement and said dramatic reform was needed.

***Words are cheap! Actions speak louder than words! I think that every veteran should get involved and ask for Nicholson's resignation! He is the head of the VA, is he not? That Department is "his" responsibility, is it not? Evidently, he can't handle his job!

VA spokesman Matt Burns said Tuesday that although credit monitoring won't be offered, the department planned to hire a company to provide data breach analysis to detect potential patterns of misuse of veterans' information.

***Here we go again! Hiring a company to get more analysis! When will this Bush administration start spending the taxpayers' money more wisely?

He said the analysis will be paid for out of current VA funds that will not result in a "diminution in the quality of health care."

***No, but it is going to come out of the VA budget, isn't it? Haven't the veterans already been abused enough by this Bush administration? They just keep taking, taking and taking from our veterans!

"While the potential for misuse of this data is considered unlikely by the FBI and law enforcement, data breach analysis will provide additional assurances," Burns said.

***Assurances to who? Not the veterans!

The laptop and external drive were recovered June 28 after an informant, responding to a $50,000 reward offer, turned in the equipment to U.S. Park Police. Authorities have said he was not a suspect and no arrests have been made.

***This Bush administration is such liars, that I don't even believe that they have recovered the laptop!


Source of Information: Belleville.com
July 18, 2006

"FETUS FARMING"---ANOTHER ROVE AND REPUBLICAN ISSUE THAT DOESN'T EXIST




Easy as it is to pick on Republicans for being wholesale hypocrites and the incubator of failed fiscal, economic, and military policies and strategies---they do deserve some credit. As incompetent as Republicans are, they are the all-time undisputed champions at one thing: ENGINEERING CRISIS AND THREATS WHERE NONE ACTUALLY EXIST.

Iraq was never a threat to America, but Bush and Rove put on an Oscar-worthy Hollywood-like production and made the country's hapless and hopeless so-called leader, Saddam, into a super-duper al-Qaeda supporting and WMD producing mega-threat. But until Bush and Rove created the Iraqi "threat" and made it into a "crisis," neither Saddam or Iraq was neither.

***But there is some that are stupider than Bush and Rove and those are, the people that believe them. Don't these people know that they are being used and Bush and Rover are laughing at their stupidity?

Prior to the Republicans and Rove making gay marriage a campaign issue, can anybody remember the nation having been overrun by hordes of "homos" stampeding toward the alter? Too, really, just how many "hetero" marriages exploded, imploded, eroded, or fell to pieces because the occasional Tim and Tom or Jen and Jane got hitched? Frankly, before Republicans and Rove made gay marriage into a national crisis, how many people cared one way or the other if Tim and Tom or Jen and Jane got hitched? The fact is, that America didn't have a "gay marriage problem" until Rove and Republicans made it into one.

No doubt about it, Republicans are incompetent bungling dunderheads when it comes to governing, but they do deserve a bucket-load of credit for their unrivaled ability to create crisis and threats where none ever existed, currently exist, or will ever exist. Too, it is rather incredible that they seem to get better and better at their ability to make crisis situations and threats out of nothing but their overactive political imagination.

Sure, Iraq and gay marriage were impressive defeats and no doubt Disney would kill to have people with even half the Republican's powers of imagination, but compared to Rove and the Republican's latest concoction those two non-issues, non-crisis, and non-threats are nothing!

What is the latest Republican and Rove non-crisis crisis and non-threat? Well, it's something called "fetus farming."

Fetus farming, as described by Republicans would be a truly gruesome thing...IF ONLY IT EXISTED. See, for Republicans, stem cell research is a big loser issue because even though a large majority of Americans support the idea---Republicans are against it. Republicans do not want paralyzed people, people with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and a host of other conditions and diseases to be cured. Why don't Republicans want those suffering from these problems to be cured? They don't want them to be cured because the cure is likely to come through stem-cell research. And stem-cell research is opposed by the Republican Party's radicalized Christian base (not to be confused with Christians that actually practive the teachings of Christ).

***When Bush or any of the Republicans say they support the troops, don't believe it! If they supported the troops, they would allow stem-cell research because this kind of research can help our troops have better lives! Many of them wouldn't have to become dependent on the VA to take care of them for the rest of their lives. But that's the thing! I think Republicans want to "CONTROL, CONTROL, CONTROL!" Control is what the weak do when they come into power!

Since the Republicans' radical Christian base is opposed to stem-cell research, Republicans cannot support it. If Republicans supported the science that could lead to so many cures, the radicals wouldn't vote for them and they'd lose power. For Republicans, that people might have to suffer greatly because of their addiction to power doesn't matter. So, instead of Republicans debating the real issue of stem-cell research, they created out of their very own imaginations the notion of "fetus farming." So, you ask, is fetus farming actually existed what would it be?

Assuming fetus farming existed outside the fertile Republican and Rove's imagination, it would consist of either women becoming pregnant and then the organs and tissues of their fetus' being "harvested," or growing a fetus in an "artificial uterus" and "harvesting" the tissues of that fetus. Pretty gruesome!

This is, IT DOESN'T HAPPEN! No doctor or researcher in the United States would perform such an unethical act. "Fetus farming" is just another Republican and Rove engineered crisis and threat that doesn't actually exist. Have to give Republicans credit, THEY CAN'T GOVERN TO SAVE THEIR LIVES, but they are the all time champs at CREATING PROBLEMS WHERE NONE EXIST.


COMMENTS

posted by Angela
on July 18th, 2006 at 7:53AM

So true! From the stealing of the election 2000, til this day, the GOP has forced us to live in their lying fantasy land. Fetus Farming, indeed! Like the WIZARD OF OZ, pull back the curtain on the crazy Bush Crew and you'll find a bunch of nasty liars, who mean to do us all harm, at all costs, with the fear machine grinding away.

posted by Dale Peters
on July 18, 2006 at 8:55AM

FETUS FARMING? What a low-life tactic, just like Bush saying he will veto stem cell research! Stem cell research could help a lot of people. Plus Mr. Bush, help wounded troops that you claim to support! Rove, it's time to grow up and stop with the wedge issues. This country is in deep trouble both here and overseas.

posted by Kevin Schmidt, Sterling, VA
on July 18th, 2006 at 3:24PM

There may be no such thing as "fetus farming." But the Republicans are experts at "full of shit farming!"

posted by Prevere
on July 18th, 2006 at 3:40PM

Rove has no credibility. He is a treasonous rat who should be doing hard labor in the 100 degree heat. Pop goes the weasel!

posted by Bill Trembley
on July 18th, 2006 at 5:08PM

Very good point about Rove creating fear and hate over non-issues---the sad thing is though, that millions of hypocritical Christians believe in these lies as part of their race to the rapture. I'm convinced that people should pass a "No, I'm not a Neanderthal" test, before being allowed to vote for President of the United States-the-make-up of such "Christians" without a doubt disproves any intelligent design theory.

posted by cheryl
on July 18th, 2006 at 6:34PM

These villians and thier scare tactics are getting more laughable day by day!!!! I think Americans are getting sick and tired of this crap!!!!

posted by JKB
on July 18th, 2006 at 10:20PM

But you have to be impressed with the American public because "Democrats have no idea" so they vote Republican. They are right though, Democrats don't have any ideas of causing unnecessary death, pain or suffering in order to stay in power. OPERATIVE?


Source of Commentary: The Progressive Daily Beacon
A. Alexander
July 18, 2006